Success stories

Mental Health System in China: Victoria provides a model for reform

In 2005 China embarked on a national program of rapid mental health service reform as a major plank in rebuilding its public health system. Although several different approaches were considered, the Chinese mental health sector was unable to identify a suitable and practical model for China. After a worldwide search, the Victorian community mental health system was selected as the model of community mental health care for the Chinese nation.

The result was the development of the 686 Program, a hospital to community integrated mental health service program, involving all 30 provinces of China. At its core, the 686 Program uses a patient-centered approach that is community-based, seamless, function-oriented and multi-disciplinary. The new Victorian government inspired model is now the National Mental Health Program for China.

Managed by Asia Australia Mental Health (a consortium of the St.Vincent’s Health and the University of Melbourne’s Department of Psychiatry and Asialink) the program has engaged the Victorian government and its health services in supporting key aspects of the reform. Principally this has included providing guidance on project management, standardized treatment protocols, case management, information management, family education, and the training of police and Neighborhood Committees.

Other success stories

The following videos from the Asia Education Foundation show more more examples of Victorians successfully engaging with Asia. These videos have been developed in partnership by the Asia Education Foundation (AEF), Australian Industry Group (AiG) and Education Services Australia (ESA).

Victorian Farmer Gaethan Cutri believes there are endless opportunities in Asia for the Australian agricultural sector.

China Business Consultant, Tom Parker, assisted in bringing AFL to Tianjin, and reflects on the role of sport in strengthening Asia-Australia engagement.

The Global Heart Tours Language Connection day involved young people getting together to exchange language skills in a fun and supportive environment. Chinese, Korean, Japanese and English was spoken interchangeably by local and international students, as well as professionals.


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